The new Peugeot 308 SW on test for Changing Lanes

Peugeot 308 SW Review

Read Caroline’s Peugeot 308 SW review for everything you need to know about buying Peugeot's compact estate car in Ireland.

With the arrival of the new 308 in Ireland, Peugeot has added a compact estate car to the range to join the hatchback. The new Peugeot 308 SW offers a little more practicality than the hatchback, and is arguably an even better looking car.

It goes on sale in Ireland priced from €32,765, and is available with petrol, diesel or plug-in hybrid engines.

So it it any good? In this review I'm going to take a closer look at the new 308 SW to find out!

The new Peugeot 308 SW on test for Changing Lanes
The new Peugeot 308 SW on test for Changing Lanes

Styling

From the front, the 308 SW is identical to the 308 hatchback with all the same striking design cues: the slim LED headlights, fang-like daytime running lights and big grille bearing the brand's new 'lion shield' logo. But viewed from the side, it's obvious that this is a very different car indeed. The 308 SW's extra length and unique rear styling give it even more presence than the 308 hatchback. It's now one of the best-looking estate cars you can buy, with an upmarket, sporty look that stands out among rivals like the Skoda Octavia Combi, Toyota Corolla Touring Sports and Suzuki Swace. Only a Seat Leon Sportstourer comes close on kerb appeal.

The 308 SW is sold in three trim levels in Ireland - Active, Allure and GT - with 16-inch alloy wheels coming as standard. The mid-range 308 SW Allure (from €37,495) offers a good balance between price and equipment, with sportier 17-inch 'Halong' diamond cut alloy wheels, chrome exhaust surrounds, grille finished with chrome stamping, and gloss black diffuser effect trim to the rear bumper. GT models have even more sporty features and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Avatar Blue metallic paint is exclusive to the 308 SW and comes at no extra cost.

Interior

The 308 SW has a great cabin that features Peugeot's new generation 'i-Cockpit' - just like the Peugeot 308 hatchback. It's one of the most stylish interiors of the segment, with a very driver-focused layout. It feels more modern and posher inside than a Corolla Touring Sports or Swace. The compact steering wheel is now a Peugeot trademark. You look over it rather than through it to view the full digital instrument cluster. There's also a glossy 10-inch touchscreen as standard in the centre of the dashboard with a wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connection.

The interior of the new Peugeot 308
The interior of the new Peugeot 308 SW

The cabin of the 308 SW has a plush feel with lots of good quality materials used. Allure models come with synthetic leather and cloth seat upholstery with mint stitching. While top of the range GT models add the option of blue or black leather seats. Automatic air conditioning and parking sensors come as standard. Allure models add a 180-degree parking camera, ambient lighting, high beam assist, keyless entry and push button start.

Practicality

The 308 SW sits on a longer wheelbase than the hatchback so it offers a little more legroom for rear seat passengers. It also offers a more practical boot shape with a low flat sill and wide opening that makes it ideal for carrying cargo. In petrol and diesel versions, boot space increases from 412 litres in the hatchback to 608 litres, which is similar to the Corolla and the Swace, and not too much smaller than the Octavia Combi or Leon Sportstourer. There's 548 litres of boot space in 308 SW plug-in hybrids, up from just 361 litres in the hatchback hybrid.

Engine

Just like the 308 hatchback, the new 308 SW is available with a range of petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid engines. No matter which version you go for, an 8-speed automatic gearbox comes as standard.

The 1.2-litre petrol engine with 130hp is the most affordable entry into the range. There's also a 1.5-litre diesel available, also with 130hp. The most powerful of the range is the plug-in hybrid that's available in two different power outputs: 180hp and 225hp. Both have a battery on board that can be charged to give an electric driving range of up to about 60 kilometres.

An electric e-308 SW will join the range towards the end of 2023.

Boot space in the 308 SW
Boot space in the 308 SW

Driving

The latest Peugeot 308 SW is built on a new platform and there have been numerous improvements to how it drives. It grips the road well and feels pleasantly agile. It's also very comfortable over the tarmac.

On test was the 308 SW 1.5-litre diesel and it's the one to go for if you need a car that offers the best return on a tank of fuel, particularly if you do a lot of high speed motorway driving. It offers more torque than the 1.2-litre petrol engine (230Nm vs 300Nm), though the petrol is slightly quicker to 100km/h (9.7 seconds vs 10.6 seconds).

The diesel offers the best efficiency but the petrol and plug-in hybrid 308 offer more refinement and less engine noise, particularly in town driving. Still, the diesel settles down once cruising speeds are reached. The automatic gearbox can feel a little bit awkward at lower speeds, and the stop start system can cut in a little too abruptly.

Pricing

The new Peugeot 308 SW costs €1000 more to buy than the 308 hatchback. The 308 SW 1.2 petrol is available from €32,765, while the 308 SW 1.5 diesel is available from €34,865. The range-topping 308 SW plug-in hybrid is available from €43,935. The Allure diesel on test has a list price of €39,080.

The Peugeot 308 SW is a gorgeous and practical estate car
The Peugeot 308 SW is a gorgeous and practical estate car

Verdict

The Peugeot 308 SW is a great option if you are looking for a stylish and practical family car that's not an SUV. The 308 SW will make heads turn with its eye-catching good looks, while inside it offers a great cabin experience that feels a little more upmarket than the competition.

Bearing in mind that it's a bigger car, with more rear legroom and offers considerable more boot space than the hatchback, it's quite good value within the Peugeot 308 range.

There's also a great range of engine options to choose from and an upcoming electric Peugeot e-308 SW.

Peugeot is set to expand their compact car range in 2023 with the arrival of the new Peugeot 408 fastback, but the sporty 308 SW remains a very desirable and handsome car.

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes, Juror for Irish Car of the Year


The new Peugeot 408 is expected in Ireland in 2023!

Peugeot 408 Review

The new Peugeot 408 will arrive in Ireland in early 2023 and is a brand new model for the French car brand. It will join the 308 and 3008 in Peugeot's C-segment offering.

The 408 is positioned as a more stylish and exclusive fastback-style model for buyers seeking an alternative to an SUV. It will go on sale in Ireland priced from €39,995 and will be available with petrol and plug-in hybrid engines from launch, with an electric version to join the range at a later date.

So what does the new 408 have to offer Irish new car buyers? Caroline travelled to Barcelona with Peugeot to drive the new 408 plug-in hybrid ahead of its official arrival in Ireland.

The new Peugeot 408 is expected in Ireland in 2023!
The new Peugeot 408 is expected in Ireland in 2023!

Styling

The new 408 is just one more in a long line of very stylish new models from Peugeot - but could be the brand's most dramatic yet. It's now the second model to wear the new Peugeot 'lion shield' logo. Styled as a fastback, the 408 measures just under 4.7 metres in length. It's a bit wider than a 308 and has a slightly more flamboyant grille at the front that's the same colour as the bodywork and framed by slim LED headlights (Matrix LED on GT) and fang-like daytime running lights. It sits a bit higher off the ground than a 308 with some crossover-inspired styling cues like cladding around the wheel arches and sills. At the back the roof slopes down to the boot lid in an elegant coupé-style and there's a large contrasting grey bumper, which gives an aggressive and sporty stance to the car.

The 408 has a lot of presence and looks best in a metallic hue like Obsession Blue, which is available at no extra cost. Alloy wheel sizes will be available from 17-inch up to optional 20-inch with a special geometric design. In Ireland, there are three trim levels available for the 408: Allure, Allure Pack and GT.

Interior

Inside, the 408 has a similar cabin design to the 308 but the extra width of the car gives it a little more mature feeling behind the wheel. The cabin wraps around the driver for a cosy, driver-focused feel. The cabin quality is excellent throughout with elegant trim details in the doors and dashboard. A full digital driver display comes as standard, and a large 10-inch touchscreen in the centre of the dashboard. It's a latest generation Peugeot interior with the brand's unusual 'i-Cockpit' arrangement where the driver looks over the compact steering wheel at the driver display. Always worth trying before you buy to make sure this is a comfortable driving position for you!

Inside the new Peugeot 408
Inside the new Peugeot 408

Fabric and leather-effect seats with mint stitching come as standard, while Allure Pack models get Alcantara and leather-effect seats with green stitching, and GT models have the choice of black or stylish blue 'Naboo' leather. High-tech driver assistance features include Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go function, Night Vision, which warns of animals, pedestrians or cyclists ahead before they appear in the high beam, long-range blind spot monitoring (75 metres), and Rear Traffic Alert.

Practicality

The wheelbase is longer than a 308 so the 408 scores really well for rear legroom. It's a bit wider as well, so seating three should be more comfortable. Headroom is just slightly compromised for the sake of that sloping roof line towards the rear of the car. The boot is also a very good size. The petrol versions are best for boot space at 536 litres, but plug-in hybrid versions still manage 471 litres. The opening is wide and the sill quite low too for loading things in and out easily. A powered tailgate is standard on the 408 GT.

Engines

The new 408 will be available in Ireland with a 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine with 130hp or as a range-topping plug-in hybrid with either 180hp or 225hp. All models are front wheel drive and come with an 8-speed automatic gearbox. The hybrids can be charged to give an electric driving range of up to about 60 kilometres.

The 408 is a new model for the French brand styled as a fastback for the C-segment
The 408 is a new model for the French brand styled as a fastback for the C-segment

Charging

There's a 3.7kW on-board charger with the option of a 7.4kW version for faster AC charging. With the standard charger it will take about 3.5 hours to charge to full from a wallbox or 5.5 hours from a 3-pin plug.

On the road

The 408 drives with maturity on the road, offering a big car feel from a compact model. It feels a bit more comfortable and planted in the corners thanks to a longer wheelbase and wider track than a 308. At the launch, I tested the range-topping plug-in hybrid with 225hp, which offers a pleasant delivery of power and responsiveness. It was a smooth drive over the Spanish tarmac and very quiet on the road, no doubt helped by an acoustic windscreen as standard and additional laminated side windows on Allure Pack and GT models. There's some lean in corners but impressive amounts of grip and well-weighted steering make it agile and secure through bends for all types of driving. You can drive the hybrid in electric mode for up to about 60 kilometres, and it seems efficient even when running in the hybrid mode.

Rear seating in the new 408
Rear seating in the new 408

Pricing 

The 408 Allure 1.2 petrol will go on sale from €39,995. The same power option with Allure Pack will be available from €41,995, while the top of the range GT model will be available from €44,995. The plug-in hybrid with 180hp is available from €44,995. The range-topping plug-in hybrid with 225hp is available from €52,495 (GT only).

Summary

The Peugeot 408 is a great addition to the Peugeot range and offers a spacious and stylish alternative to an SUV. The fastback design is very appealing and the 408 will stand out as something very different on Irish roads for quite some time. There are plenty of SUVs hovering around the 408's price range but this car has great presence and offers a lot of rear legroom and boot space that make it very practical as well. It might sport some very dramatic styling but it's no folly. There are subtle differences to the cabin and driving experience compared to a 308 - all of them good. Peugeot has gone up in the world and the 408 will fill a very pleasant niche within the range.

The Peugeot 408 is available from €39,995
The Peugeot 408 is available from €39,995

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes, Juror for Irish Car of the Year


The Peugeot 308 on test for Changing Lanes!

Peugeot 308 Review

Read Caroline's Peugeot 308 review for everything you need to know about the latest version of Peugeot's popular hatchback to reach Ireland.

The new Peugeot 308 launched in Ireland earlier in 2022 and marks a new chapter for the French brand. Peugeot has chosen the new 308 as the first model to wear the brand's new 'lion shield' logo. Combined with a striking new design, digital interior and a range of on-point engine options, the 308 heralds a new generation of Peugeot cars that move the brand on once again in terms of design and quality.

It's been a long journey but Peugeot has been on the rise for some years now. Models like the Peugeot 2008 and the 3008 have become a regular sight on Irish roads, while the brand has also fully embraced the electric revolution with a range of new electric and hybrid models including the Peugeot e-208 and the 3008 Hybrid.

The Peugeot 308 on test for Changing Lanes!
The Peugeot 308 on test for Changing Lanes!

What's so special about the new Peugeot 308?

The latest generation of the 308 makes strides forward in design, technology and powertrain, with the introduction of a new plug-in hybrid for the very first time. We can also expect a full electric 308 before the end of 2023.

The new 308 goes on sale in Ireland priced from €31,765, which is a bit more than rivals like the Ford Focus or Opel Astra. But the 308 is more upmarket than both when it comes to the finish of the car. And all 308s sold in Ireland now come as standard with an 8-speed automatic gearbox.

Blessed by good looks, the new 308 has an immediately arresting presence. At the front, the grille is large and impressive, wearing the new Peugeot lion shield logo. LED headlamps and dramatic hook-like daytime running lights add impact. It's a little bit lower than the car it replaces, and appears sleeker and sportier. At the rear, there are new light clusters. Look closely and you'll see that they have a new 'claw' effect signature.

Olivine Green is a signature colour for the new 308 and comes as standard at no extra charge. All versions get alloy wheels, with mid-range Allure models sporting some lovely 17-inch diamond cut alloys.

Inside we see the next generation of the sporty Peugeot 'i-Cockpit', with a glossy new touchscreen and digital driver display.

Plug-in hybrids are the most expensive of the range but you can charge the battery and drive the 308 hybrid on electric power only for a range of up to about 60 kilometres.

But what's the 308 like in its simplest form, with a 1.2-litre petrol engine with 130hp? There was only one way to find out.

The new 308 goes on sale in Ireland from €31,765
The new 308 goes on sale in Ireland from €31,765

Driving the 308

The new 308 sits on a new multi-energy platform that means it can be sold with petrol and diesel engines, as a plug-in hybrid, and as an upcoming electric e-308.

So the 308 offers buyers lots of options, if you like the look of the car. The entry into the range is the 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine with 130hp. It's an award-winning engine and one we've tested many times in various different vehicles.

But it suits the 308 exceptionally well, feeling more powerful than what you might expect from a small capacity engine. Nippy and responsive, the 308 offers a new found maturity on the road. It's not the sharpest handling of these hatchbacks - an Opel Astra or a Ford Focus feel a bit more athletic on the road.

But the Peugeot majors on comfort and refinement, offering quite a high-end driving experience from behind the wheel, with the ease of an 8-speed automatic.

It's efficient too for a petrol automatic, averaging about 6.1 litres per 100 kilometres during my time with the car. But if you do a lot of high speed motorway driving, you might be interested in the 1.5-litre diesel with 130hp.

The 308 hybrid uses a 1.6-litre petrol electric powertrain and is available with two different power outputs - 180hp or 225hp.

The interior of the new Peugeot 308
The interior of the new Peugeot 308

Inside the Peugeot 308

The new Peugeot 308 is available in Ireland in three trim levels – Active, Allure and GT. It goes on sale priced from €31,765 for a 308 Active 1.2 petrol automatic with 130hp.

The mid-range Allure model is one of the best equipped and goes on sale from €35,705. But all versions get a new 10-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Allure models also get new 'i-Toggle' switches so you can create easy shortcuts to popular menus, like the ventilation controls for example.

Behind the wheel, the new 308 feels very upmarket and driver-focused. A lot of that is down to the new version of the Peugeot 'i-Cockpit'. You look over a new compact steering wheel at the new digital driver display. The graphics have been updated and there are a number of different views available. The driving position is unique but different, so worth getting in behind the wheel to make sure it's comfortable for you.

The design of the dashboard and centre console is stylish and quite avant-garde for the segment. The material quality also makes it feel a cut above some more mainstream rivals. Allure models get lovely ambient lighting and part-leather upholstery to make it feel more high-end.

The 308 will seat five but a longer wheelbase means there is now a bit more legroom than before. It's not the largest C-segment hatchback on the market, but it does offer adequate seating for adults in the rear. The boot opens to reveal 412 litres in petrol and diesel models, which is good for the segment. But in 308 hybrid models that is reduced to 360 litres. There's also the Peugeot 308 SW estate on sale that offers just a bit more practicality and looks great too.

The 308 offers a great choice of engines
The 308 offers a great choice of engines and hybrid for the very first time

Did you like it?

The Peugeot 308 has grown up and matured. It's one of the best-looking cars in the class, and that's probably a big reason why you will be attracted to it in the first place.

On looks alone, it can compete with other high-end hatchbacks like the Mazda 3 and Audi A3.

While it now commands a higher list price than some key rivals like the Astra and Focus, it's in the cabin where your money goes. The 308 offers a much more salubrious cabin experience, with a cosseted, quality feel throughout. The new i-Cockpit and 10-inch touchscreen look more stylish and modern than many rivals too.

The new 308 offers a great complement of practical power options, while being comfortable and refined. But it makes a lot of sense in its simplest form as a lively 1.2 petrol. The 8-speed automatic adds the premium touch.

The Peugeot 308 has come a long way. It's now one of the most stylish and quality hatchbacks you can buy, and a compelling alternative to the usual suspects in the compact class.

The new Peugeot 308 is a stylish companion to modern life
The new Peugeot 308 is a stylish companion to modern life

Model tested: Peugeot 308 1.2 Allure
Price: 
€35,705
Engine: 
1.2-litre turbo petrol
Power: 130hp
Torque: 230Nm
Top speed: 210km/h
Acceleration (0-100 km/h): 9.7 seconds
Motor Tax: €200 per year

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes, Juror for Irish Car of the Year


The Peugeot e-208 on test for Changing Lanes!

Peugeot e-208 Review

Read Caroline's Peugeot e-208 review for everything you need to know about Peugeot's electric supermini on sale in Ireland.

Peugeot is fast pursuing the electric dream with a slew of new hybrid and pure electric models. Many of the French brand's key models now offer some sort of electrified option - from the smallest 208 to the popular 3008 SUV and new Peugeot 308 hatchback and estate.

The Peugeot e-208 offers a pure electric drive in Peugeot's compact and stylish small hatchback. It goes up against other small EVs such as the Opel Corsa-e, Renault Zoe and Mini Electric.

But is it any good? In this review we're going to take a closer look to find out.

The Peugeot e-208 on test for Changing Lanes!
The Peugeot e-208 on test for Changing Lanes!

What's so special about the Peugeot e-208?

The e-208 looks good from all the angles. Peugeot's latest models are some of the most stylish out there. The e-208 has a gorgeous design, making it one of the most desirable small electric cars.

There's sporty elegance to the e-208 with a compact stance and distinctive light signature front and rear. If you want a car with 'fangs' this is the one for you - check out those striking daytime running lights at the front. While Peugeot's trademark 'tri-claw' taillights complete the feline theme at the rear.

There are three trim levels available in Ireland - Active, Allure Pack and GT. The GT model on test is surely the sportiest of them all with 17" diamond cut alloy wheels, gloss black around the wheel arches, black roof and a chequered flag effect grille.

Electric badging is subtle - just a small 'e' on the C-pillar and tailgate, and a blue finish to the Peugeot lion on the front grille.

With pricing starting from €28,730 including all relevant grants and VRT relief, the Peugeot e-208 is also keenly priced among small electric cars. Granted it will cost more to buy than petrol and diesel versions of the 208.  And the glorious e-208 GT on test looks great and is packed full of equipment but will set you back €33,285.

The Peugeot e-208 is also one of the most fun to drive small electric cars, with a range of up to 362km measured by industry standards. Though in real world driving, 280km seems more realistic once factors such as the time of year and your driving style are taken into account. For example, certainly at low speeds around town you'll get farther on your battery charge.

The interior of the e-208
The interior of the e-208

Inside the e-208

The cabin of the Peugeot e-208 stands out for its quality, with an upmarket feel that can be hard to find in the very smallest electric cars. There's lots of gloss black accentuating the cabin's stylish design and the beautiful Peugeot i-Cockpit.

In the centre of the dash there is a 7" touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, though Allure Pack and GT models get a more impressive 10" touchscreen. The ventilation controls are in the screen, but the elegant piano key underneath offer a shortcut to switch between menus quickly. Standard equipment includes automatic air conditioning, push button start and cruise control.

The e-208 is a small car so rear legroom is limited, though it's not impossible to carry adults. With the position of the battery in the e-208, Peugeot has managed to keep interior space and boot space the same as petrol and diesel 208s. The boot is compact too at 311 litres, but you can let the rear seats down for carrying larger items.

Driving the e-208

The e-208 is good fun to drive with agile handling and light steering. The 136hp motor in the e-208 provides enough power and the car moves effortlessly from town to rural roads to motorways.

On short journeys and in town driving the e-208 really shines, with the range of the car offering plenty of comfort between charging. The range diminishes more rapidly in high-speed motorway driving, but with a stop planned for charging, it's still a decent enough performance for the e-208.

And when it comes to charging, the e-208's 50kWh battery is pretty swift at adding the kilometres. With a 7kW wallbox installed at home it will take about 7.5 hours to charge the e-208 to full. Rapid DC charging is also possible using the standard CCS adaptor. Charging at the maximum 100kW, the e-208 can be 80% charged in 30 minutes.

The Peugeot e-208 is one of the best small electric cars
The Peugeot e-208 is one of the best small electric cars

Did you like it?

Electric suits the 208 very well. The Peugeot e-208 is super stylish, with a beautiful interior that feels more upmarket than much of the competition.

The e-208's 50kWh battery offers decent performance, particularly in the town and city environs where these small cars really feel at home. You couldn't find a better companion for city life.

I still think the Peugeot e-208 makes a great introduction to electric motoring. Like competitors, it is more expensive than an equivalent petrol or diesel car but there are many benefits to switching to electric at this time.  The e-208 is a very likeable small car that just happens to be electric too.

Model tested: Peugeot e-208 GT
Price: 
€33,285
Battery:
50 kWh
Range: 362km (WLTP)
Power: 136 hp
Torque:  260 Nm
Top speed:  150 km/h
Acceleration (0-100 km/h): 8.1 seconds
Motor Tax: 
€120 per year

The Peugeot e-208 is on sale now from €28,730
The Peugeot e-208 is on sale now from €28,730

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes


The new Peugeot 308 is a stylish companion to modern life

Peugeot 308 Goes On Sale (2022)

The new Peugeot 308
The new Peugeot 308 has arrived in Ireland

The new Peugeot 308 hatchback has arrived in Ireland and goes on sale priced from €31,765. The new generation of Peugeot's compact car will be available with petrol and diesel engines, and for the first time ever, as a plug-in hybrid. An electric 308 will follow in late 2023.

The new 308 is the first model in the Peugeot range to use the French brand's new logo and in Ireland it will be sold in three grades: Active, Allure and GT.

What's new for the Peugeot 308?

The 55 mm extended wheelbase of the new generation 308 stretches the car's silhouette and offers more space for rear passengers. The 20 mm height reduction combined with a soft nose visually lengthens the bonnet. The boot volume is now 412 litres, while with the rear seats folded, the maximum load is 1,323 litres.

LED light technology features across the range and contributes to the identity of the new 308, alongside hook-shaped daytime running lights on the front bumper. On the GT model, the full LED headlamps are even thinner, with Peugeot Matrix LED technology for greater efficiency and safety. The rear lights are also LED technology with a modern, brand-specific claw-like light signature.

The new 308 is available in seven colours including Olivine Green, Vertigo Blue, Elixir Red, Pearl White, Ice White, Artense Grey,and Perla Nera Black.

The interior of the new Peugeot 308
The interior of the new Peugeot 308

The new Peugeot 308 uses the brand's latest generation of the Peugeot i-cockpit® with a 10" digital panel and enhanced features across the range. The new compact steering wheel includes sensors that can detect the driver's grip on the steering wheel when using the new driving aids.

The new infotainment system can store up to eight driver profiles and responds to commands of 'Ok Peugeot'. Wireless smartphone mirroring now features and it is possible to connect two phones via Bluetooth at the same time.

New equipment and plug-in hybrid for the first time

New equipment features include long-range blind spot monitoring, rear traffic alert, high-definition 180° reversing camera with integrated cleaning nozzle, 360° parking assistance with 4 cameras (front, rear and side), proximity hands-free start access, a fully heated windshield and steering wheel, and automatically tilting rear view mirrors when reverse gear is engaged.

The new Peugeot 308 is built from an evolution of the EMP2 (Efficient Modular Platform) multi-energy platform, so it can accommodate electrified powertrains. All models use an automatic transmission.

The 308 range kicks off in Ireland with a 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine with 130 hp, priced from €31,765. A 1.5-litre diesel with 130 hp is available from €33,515.

There will be two new Peugeot 308 plug-in hybrids available from launch, with 180 hp (from €40,785) or 225 hp (from €48,785 in GT trim only).

The plug-in hybrids use a 12.4 kWh battery with a driving range of up to 60 km (WLTP) on electric power. A 3.7 kW charger comes as standard, charging the 308's battery to full in 7 hours from a standard socket. There's also the option of a 7.4 kW charger for a full charge in 1 hour and 45 minutes from a 7.4 kW wall box.

A new Peugeot 308 SW will follow in July and will cost €1000 more.

The Peugeot 308 SW will join the range in July
The Peugeot 308 SW will join the range in July

The new Peugeot 5008 on test for Changing Lanes!

Peugeot 5008 Review (2022)

Read Caroline's Peugeot 5008 review for everything you need to know about buying Peugeot's seven seat SUV in Ireland in 2022.

Peugeot's 5008 large family SUV has been updated with a fresh new look and a streamlined range that now includes three trim levels. The 5008 is exclusively powered by petrol and diesel engines, with manual and automatic gearboxes available.

Priced from €41,335, the Peugeot 5008 offers seating for seven as standard across three rows of seats with a hugely practical modular cabin.

The Peugeot 5008 has driven significant growth for the Peugeot brand in Ireland. Peugeot is now in the top 10 of bestselling brands in Ireland. Their new SUV range account for the brand's top three bestselling cars here - the 3008, 2008 and the 5008.

The new Peugeot 5008 on test for Changing Lanes!
The new Peugeot 5008 on test for Changing Lanes!

What's new for the Peugeot 5008?

Peugeot was quick to turn around their product line-up in response to the growing market for SUVs. The new generation 3008 and 5008 launched in Ireland back in 2017. When they debuted it was clear that both cars had evolved from MPV to SUV.

Backed up by Peugeot style and hugely practical interiors, these new Peugeot SUVs have heralded great success for Peugeot Ireland.

But it's time for a revamp. The Peugeot 3008 has already had a makeover. And now it's the turn of the larger 5008.

There is a strong design theme between these two. The Peugeot 5008 however is a genuine seven seater and the larger of the duo. But from the front end they are very similar.

The 5008 was a good-looking car but the facelift makes it even better. At the front there is a new frameless grille, redesigned headlights and new plunging fang-like daytime running lights. Gloss black side scoops and a painted tread plate are integrated into the new bumper design. The 5008 now looks more modern and a touch more aggressive than before.

At the rear there are new full LED lights and sequential indicators for extra star power. The light clusters are covered with a clear, smoked glass.

The Peugeot 5008 comes with seven seats as standard
The Peugeot 5008 comes with seven seats as standard

Inside the Peugeot 5008

When the 3008 and 5008 launched back in 2017, the interior design and layout marked a new departure for the French brand. Peugeot has been talking about moving their brand upmarket for some years now; their SUV range clearly demonstrates that with the spectacular i-Cockpit arrangement.

The interior of the 5008 has aged very well in the interim. It still impresses with a full digital instrument cluster, wraparound cabin effect, and those elegant piano style buttons for the infotainment.

For 2022, there's a new 10-inch high definition touchscreen as standard on all but the entry model into the range.

Cabin quality is very good with a nice refined feel to the interior of the Peugeot 5008. There is lots of elegant soft touch panelling, while the seats have good quality fabric too.

On the centre console, all internal combustion engines equipped with automatic gearboxes are now fitted as standard with the driving mode selector that allows the driver to choose between Normal, Sport and Eco.

The interior of the new Peugeot 5008
The interior of the new Peugeot 5008

Is it practical?

Storage around the car is very generous, a must for a family car, with plenty of cubbies and cupholders!

But the 5008 really stands out for its modular interior that allows for high levels of flexibility when it comes to seating. In this way, the 5008 really taps into its MPV roots and Peugeot's expertise in this area.

There are three individual seats in row 2 all with ISOFIX child seat fixtures, which is the 5008's party piece. The seats can move forward and back individually of each other to make more space for those in row 3. They can fold and incline as wished also. There's loads of legroom too and picnic tables integrated into the back of the front seats on Allure models and above. There's even blinds integrated into the rear windows. The GT model has two new USB sockets for devices in row 2.

There are two individual seats in row 3, which can be folded neatly into the floor when not in use or even removed completely. Space is limited back here but children will be fine using these extra seats.

There's also the possibility to tip the front passenger seat forward for loading long objects up to 3.20 m.

In seven seat mode, boot space is limited to about 167 litres. But in five seat mode, everyone's a winner with 702 litres available.

Rear seating in the Peugeot 5008
Rear seating in the Peugeot 5008

What are my options?

The 5008 range is powered by combustion engines for now with Peugeot's familiar 1.2-litre petrol engine available with 130 hp, and a manual or automatic gearbox. There's no hybrid available like the 3008.

There's also a 1.5-litre diesel with 130 hp and a manual or automatic gearbox. The top of the range 2.0-litre diesel with 180 hp and an automatic gearbox is reserved for the GT model.

In Ireland the 5008 is available in Active, Allure and GT trim levels. Standard equipment (from €41,335) includes automatic lights and wipers, lane keeping assistance, traffic sign recognition, reversing camera, dual zone climate control, 8" touchscreen, cruise control and 17" alloys.

The Allure model (from €43,425) has more equipment including 18" alloys, high beam assist, blind spot monitoring, ambient lighting, keyless entry and push button start, 10" touchscreen, driver's lumbar support, half leather seat trim and alloy roof rails.

GT models (from €47,035) add adaptive cruise control, advanced grip control, and numerous premium trim updates inside and out.

There are petrol and diesel engines available for the 5008
There are petrol and diesel engines available for the 5008

Did you like the Peugeot 5008?

The Peugeot 5008 sits a bit higher off the ground than your average hatchback, but behind the wheel it’s very car-like and easy to manoeuvre.

The steering is light for around town and parking, while out of town it holds the road very well too. The 5008 is a comfortable family car and while to call it nifty might be a stretch too far, it’s surprisingly nice to drive.

The 1.5-litre diesel provides enough torque to keep the 5008 moving well, though it is noisy under hard acceleration. It makes a good return too on economy for a large vehicle like this. Over a week of driving my average fuel consumption was 5.8 litres per 100 km.

This is a superb family car that stands out for its versatility and practical features. In many ways it's still an MPV - just styled as a cooler SUV. The cabin has really been maximised to make life easier for families, though some seven seaters are roomier in the third row.

The 5008 gets a suitable update in line with Peugeot's family face, with a streamlined range powered by petrol or diesel engines. While some rivals are introducing hybrid, it's not the best option for everyone and can get expensive. So for now the 5008 will be a fuel only option in the seven seat SUV space.

Peugeot's i-Cockpit offers a stylish and high class cabin experience for the segment. All in all, the 5008 has matured well and this latest round of updates enhance its presence in Peugeot's latest range of cars.

Model tested: Peugeot 5008 Allure 1.5 BlueHDI
Price: 
€44,410
Engine: 1.5-litre turbo diesel
Power: 
130 hp
Torque:  300 Nm
0-100km/h: 
11.1 seconds
Top speed:  191 km/h
CO2 emissions:  
135 g/km
Motor tax: 
€210 per year

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes


The new Peugeot 508 PSE on test for Changing Lanes!

Peugeot 508 PSE Review

Read Caroline's Peugeot 508 PSE review for everything you need to know about buying Peugeot's new flagship high performance hybrid in Ireland.

Peugeot is striking the Irish new car market with a range of new hybrid and electric models. Key model ranges like the 208, 2008, 3008 and 508 now all contain some sort of 'electrified' model, be it a full battery electric vehicle or a plug-in hybrid.

The soon-to-arrive new Peugeot 308 range will also have a hybrid available for the very first time.

It's an exciting time for Peugeot passenger cars. But their high performance division is also undergoing a revival. Peugeot Sport brought us so many epic performance cars like the legendary 205 GTi and recent hits like the 208 GTi and the 308 GTi.

The new Peugeot 508 PSE on test for Changing Lanes!
The new Peugeot 508 PSE on test for Changing Lanes!

But times are changing and Peugeot Sport must reinvent itself for this new era of hybrid and electric power, while bringing exciting performance cars to market that blend efficiency with performance and dynamism to thrill even the most hardened petrolheads.

A big challenge for any brand, and for one with a sporting heritage like Peugeot. So they have created a new brand - Peugeot Sport Engineered (PSE) - and the first model to come to market is the Peugeot 508 PSE.

What's so special about the Peugeot 508 PSE?

Based on the 508, Peugeot's stylish executive car, the 508 PSE is a high performance hybrid that can drive on electric power for a range of up to about 42 km.

Available as a 508 PSE Fastback or SW (estate) with a list price starting from €70,405, this car has a premium billing. It's the most powerful production Peugeot has ever made and probably the most expensive too!

The 508 was a stunning car to begin with. The 508 PSE adds an aggressive, sporty look very befitting of a high performance car. PSE models are available in Perla Nera black, Pearl white or exclusive Selenium grey. The new PSE brand adds lime green accents and 'claw' marks around the car. There is an aggressive bodykit with very distinctive winglets, a black diffuser at the rear, and 20" wheels.

WATCH MY VIDEO REVIEW OF THE NEW 508 PSE

Inside the 508 PSE

There's a premium price tag for the 508 PSE but the interior does not disappoint. Peugeot has been on a move upmarket for years now, and the product reflects that.

Inside the Peugeot 508 PSE manages to feel even more special and sporty than standard versions of the 508. There are beautiful sports seats as standard and lime green stitching. Peugeot's iCockpit still looks great with a 12.3" digital instrument panel for the driver and a central 10" HD touchscreen for the infotainment and other functions. The compact steering feels great in the hands, adding to your sense of control over the vehicle. You sit low and sporty, with plenty of adjustment in the steering wheel and seat.

This is a big car, with the SW model being the more practical of the two. Thankfully the design of the hybrid has not impacted boot space or passenger space in either vehicle.

Two adults will be comfortable in the rear. The boot of the SW has a 467 litre capacity, wide opening area and low loading sill making it ideal for carrying gear!

The interior of the Peugeot 508 PSE
The interior of the Peugeot 508 PSE

Driving the 508 PSE Hybrid

Under the bonnet there is a familiar 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine, derived from a few of our favourite Peugeot hot hatchbacks. But there's more: two electric motors - an 80 kW at the front and an 83 kW at the rear. So this halo car for the Peugeot range is all wheel drive with 360 hp and 520 Nm of torque. Power is put to the road through an 8-speed automatic gearbox that never misses a beat. Acceleration is hot hatchback quick: 5.2 seconds. While the top speed is an electronically limited 250 km/h.

The performance stats are certainly stunning but theses days they don't tell the full story. The question is how good does the Peugeot 508 PSE feel on the road?

PSE has taken a Peugeot 508 and given it a high performance makeover to handle 360 hp. They have worked on the chassis, it has a lower and stiffer suspension, wider track, sticky Michelin tyres and very strong performance brakes. All wheel drive helps with the power distribution to the road. There are driving modes and adaptive suspension. Modes include hybrid, electric and sport. The latter gives a more responsive throttle, tighter steering and adjusts the adaptive suspension settings. There's also some augmented engine noise in the cabin when you hit the accelerator, which is realistic and does add to the excitement behind the wheel.

This car has a number of different sides to it and it transitions seamlessly between them. Refinement and comfort is excellent, making this car a great all rounder.

The 508 PSE has 360 hp and 520 Nm of torque
The 508 PSE has 360 hp and 520 Nm of torque

But Sport mode is maximum attack mode, where you access the car's exciting performance character and efficiency goes out the window! The car handles the road sublimely well. There is instant throttle response, pushing you all the way to the back of your seat. But the cornering performance is something to behold. The steering has been vastly improved over a standard 508 so all the sensations reach your fingertips. It feels more fluid, precise and well weighted. This car dips and dives into corners like a car half its size. Despite weighing 1850 kg with all its hybrid 'gear' on board, it behaves like a hot hatchback in corners. A good one.

Fuel consumption does differ from about 5.5 litres per 100 km in a cruise on the motorway, to up to 8.5 litres per 100 km in full attack mode. But with the opportunity to charge the battery and run the car on electric power, the efficiency of this vehicle and its running costs are truly up to you.

Did you like it?

Yes, yes and yes. Peugeot Sport has done a wonderful job with this car. It's the first performance Peugeot in about 5 years. It has a lot to live up to. Frankly I did not quite expect such a visceral experience from a hybrid performance car. Peugeot has done it with the 508 PSE.

It a very expensive Peugeot. But when you look at the quality of the car, the engineering and the performance on the road, it all makes absolute sense.

Peugeot has been on a move upmarket. The 508 PSE is the best of Peugeot at the moment. A very interesting car that is practical and fun to drive. Certainly one to aspire to and a halo car for the entire Peugeot range.

The Peugeot 508 PSE is a master of hybrid performance
The Peugeot 508 PSE is a master of hybrid performance

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Peugeot 508 SW PSE 
Price:
€71,890
Engine: 1.6-litre petrol electric hybrid
Power:
360 hp
Torque: 520 Nm
0-100km/h: 
5.2 seconds
Top speed: 250 km/h
CO2 emissions:
42 g/km
Motor tax: 
€140 per year


The 2021 Peugeot 3008!

Peugeot 3008 Hybrid Review

The 2021 Peugeot 3008!
The 2021 Peugeot 3008!

Read Caroline's Peugeot 3008 hybrid review for everything you need to know about buying the popular family SUV in Ireland from Peugeot.

In this review we take a closer look at the new Peugeot 3008 plug-in hybrid – a popular family SUV now with a plug!

The back story? Well, in 2020 Peugeot Ireland brought a series of new hybrid and electric models to market. Peugeot jumps on trends exceedingly well, keeping their range fresh and current in a rapidly evolving motor industry.

The French brand had already witnessed a revival in the market thanks to the launch of a trilogy of popular SUVs and a move upmarket with new design direction and rock-solid quality.

The Peugeot 3008 mid-size SUV is of course a particular highlight of that new lion brand SUV trio – a former Irish Car of the Year and European Car of the Year award winner. Now in 2021 we meet the epic facelifted edition – even better with a hybrid powertrain!

The launch of the Peugeot 3008 in Ireland back in 2017 was the brand’s best manifestation yet of Peugeot’s move upmarket. I had forgotten just how good this car was when it launched, how revolutionary the interior of the car was with its full digital instrument cluster that was standard before many rivals could offer similar.

The Peugeot 3008 has been revised for 2021 with even more style
The Peugeot 3008 has been revised for 2021 with even more style

What's so special about the 2021 Peugeot 3008?

Comfortable and practical, the 3008 competes in the sweet spot of the market where the family SUVs reside. Updated for 2021, Peugeot’s bestseller now has slightly revised exterior styling. What a good-looking car! Surely one of the prettiest SUVs of its size on the road. And the new look gives it enough modernity to stay stylish and relevant.

The updated range kicks off from €32,995 for a 1.2-litre Puretech petrol with 130 hp. The diesel range kicks off from €33,700 for a 1.5-litre diesel, also with 130 hp. The new hybrid range starts from €40,920 with 225 hp. There are three trim levels for Ireland – Active, Allure and GT – with lots of equipment from the entry into the range.

On the outside, the 2021 Peugeot 3008 has a new frameless front grille and gloss black air intakes, while the headlights, daytime running lights and indicators all use advanced LED technology across the range. At the rear, Peugeot’s trademark three-claw taillights and new sequential indicators provide a contemporary look.

Our GT test car looked particularly good with standard equipment including 18” alloys, some exclusive trim elements, alloy roof rails, black roof, and sports front bumper design. Other high-end features include ambient lighting, handsfree start, Alcantara/leather effect seats, and front and rear parking sensors with 180 rear reversing camera.

Inside the 2021 Peugeot 3008
The interior of the 2021 Peugeot 3008

Inside the 2021 Peugeot 2008

Inside, the new 3008 SUV features Peugeot’s next generation digital i-Cockpit® technology with a 12.3-inch digital head-up instrument panel, a compact steering wheel and 10-inch high definition colour touchscreen. It's dripping in class and style, a truly different cabin experience to anything else wafting around the market at this price point. Preeemium!

There is seating for five with good space inside the vehicle. There is plenty of rear leg room and even the middle seat passenger will find a flat space for their feet. However the boot has been trimmed down in size in the hybrid. Standard petrol and diesel models get 520 litres, while the hybrid can only manage 395 litres. A powered tailgate is also available.

The Peugeot 3008 plug-in hybrid on test is quite a machine, combining a 1.6-litre petrol engine with a 13.2 kWh battery to produce a healthy 225 hp. This model can be charged up and driven on electric power alone for a range of up to 62 km. Paired with the eight-speed Efficient Automatic Transmission (EAT8), this car feels great on the road. A drive mode selector gives the option of switching between electric, hybrid and sport modes; the car does the rest.

A 3.7 kW single-phase on-board charger is included as standard, with a full charge taking three hours and 45 minutes.

The Peugeot 3008 Hybrid offers buyers even more power and flexibility

The Peugeot 3008 Hybrid offers buyers even more power and flexibility

Did you like the Peugeot 3008 Hybrid?

On the road the 3008 hybrid displays its wonderful pedigree. The hybrid carries a premium over other models in the range but with the power and ease of the transmission, it is a high-end driving experience. The way the hybrid system blends with the automatic transmission adds up to an effortless, serene drive. It’s very comfortable over the tarmac and feels agile from behind the wheel.

Plug-in hybrids are at their best when you are making use of the battery, and charging between journeys to boost the overall efficiency of running this car. Drawing on power mostly from the petrol engine, my fuel consumption averaged at 6.7 litres per 100 km.

Stepping back into the Peugeot 3008 after a few years is a reminder about why this car ran away with so many awards when it was launched. It has a simply stunning interior and the high-end GT model on test feels like a truly premium offering.

The plug-in hybrid adds diversity and flexibility to the 3008 range, though as with all cars of this type, the battery is best used regularly to see a good return on the investment and make the car more efficient to run. The hybrids are now the most expensive of the 3008 range but buyers will still find a good car in the more affordable petrol and diesel models. The facelift gives this car just the right presence. What’s underneath is still a very good car indeed.

New Peugeot 3008 range available from €32,995
New Peugeot 3008 range available from €32,995

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Peugeot 3008 GT PHEV
Price: 
€43,240
Engine: 
1.6-litre petrol electric hybrid
Power: 225 hp
Torque: 360 Nm
Acceleration (0-100 km/h):  8.8 seconds
CO2 emissions: 
31 g/km
Motor Tax: 
€140 per year


The new Peugeot e-2008 on test for Changing Lanes!

Peugeot e-2008 Review

The new Peugeot e-2008 on test for Changing Lanes!
The new Peugeot e-2008 on test for Changing Lanes!

Read Caroline's Peugeot e-2008 review for everything you need to know about Peugeot's new mid-size electric SUV on sale in Ireland.

What's so special about the e-2008?

With the new car market at its most receptive point ever for electric cars, Peugeot is a brand emerging as one to watch.

2020 saw the brand launch two all new electric models here – the Peugeot e-208 and Peugeot e-2008. Both are derivatives of two well very established Peugeot models in Ireland. The 208 and 2008 have many loyal fans around the country. You can tell by the visibility of these models on Irish roads.

Indeed the 2008 had developed arguably even more notoriety in the Irish market. It falls into the compact crossover segment with some serious style, space and practicality.

With Peugeot now developing multi energy platforms for new models that can support petrol, diesel and electric powertrains, there is a car for every lifestyle and budget. But an extended test drive in the new Peugeot e-2008 has brought me to the conclusion that electric is truly closer than you think.

When you are living with a car every day, doing all your somewhat normal routines, you do start to see the other side of the coin more clearly.

The new Peugeot e-2008 is one of the most stylish compact electric vehicles today
The new Peugeot e-2008 is one of the most stylish compact electric vehicles today

What's so special about the Peugeot e-2008?

I have some history with the 2008. I’ve seen this car’s evolution as it was one of my first test cars when it came on the market in its first generation back in 2013, coinciding with my maiden journey into the automotive world.

We finally got the second generation of the car in 2020 and it bears all the trademarks of the revolution going on at Peugeot. The 2008 is so handsome in the metal and inside Peugeot moves on another step in their mission to move their brand upmarket.

The Peugeot e-2008 kicks off from €32,925 in Ireland including all relevant grants and VRT relief.

Peugeot has chosen a 50 kWh battery to power the e-2008. That gives 136 hp and a WLTP range of 310 km. On our test drive over 200 km was possible though the e-2008's range was susceptible to things like how cold it was outside and how fast I was driving. Basically the slower you drive, the more miles you get!

Inside the new Peugeot e-2008
Inside the new Peugeot e-2008

What are my options?

The e-2008 is available in the same three trim levels – Active, Allure and GT – as the petrol and diesel versions of the 2008 so there is no compromising on kit should you wish to buy the e-2008. Standard equipment on the e-2008 Active includes 16” alloys, and automatic air conditioning with pre-heating functionality. There's also electric and heated power folding door mirrors, rear parking sensors, i-Cockpit® with 3.5” instrument panel display reversing camera, traffic sign recognition, LED headlights and foglights, automatic emergency braking and active city brake. So a very well specced car indeed.

The e-2008 GT model I had on test retails from €36,745. Equipment highlights include heated front seats, 3D i-Cockpit® with 10”
colour touchscreen and 3D navigation, and front parking sensors. There's also leather/cloth trim, lime green contrast stitching on the seats and steering wheel, ambient lighting, and cosmetic updates including black roof, door mirrors and rear spoiler.

The e-2008 looks the exact same as the other models in the range. But it does have a beautiful unique body-coloured chequered flag effect grille. Similar to a petrol or diesel car, you open a flap on the rear side to access the charge ports. There is some subtle 'e' badging too. I like Peugeot’s strategy as there is no ‘weirdness’ to the e-2008. It’s simply just powered by an electric engine as opposed to a petrol or diesel one.

The new e-2008 retails in Ireland from €31,262
The new e-2008 retails in Ireland from €31,262

Inside the Peugeot e-2008

The theme continues inside. It's the same switchgear from other models in the range. Great news because we also get the beautiful i-Cockpit arrangement - a digital instrument cluster with 3D effect on some of the higher trims where some of the information appears closer to you; a slick touchscreen to your left angled at the driver; and a compact steering wheel that feels so good in a compact car like the 2008. The stunning design and material finish gives the e-2008 an upmarket feel that makes this car one to watch.

Buyers will also love the practicality of the e-2008. It can seat five though it will be more comfortable for two in the back. Yet there are decent footwells in the rear for the class of vehicle. Because the e-2008 uses a bespoke platform, there has been no compromise to the space inside the vehicle or the boot compared to other models in the range. The boot has a capacity of 360 litres, though you will need to be careful about storing your charging leads to make the most of it.

Boot space inside the Peugeot e-2008
Boot space inside the Peugeot e-2008

On the road the Peugeot e-2008 is very impressive. It's smooth and pleasant to drive, and very refined. Power output is 136 hp and there are also driving modes - Normal, Sport and Eco - which alter things slightly behind the wheel. The e-2008 has plenty of power and it's very responsive to the accelerator. With experience behind the wheel of both the Peugeot 2008 diesel and the Peugeot 2008 petrol, I can say it's remarkable how well Peugeot has incorporated the electric engine into the e-2008. It feels very natural. It's only in enthusiastic cornering that you feel the extra weight on board. So agility only feels somewhat different. It's easy to place through corners, the steering light and responsive.

Charging the Peugeot e-2008

The Peugeot e-2008 can be plugged in at home most effectively using a wallbox that can be installed, with grants available of up to €600 from the SEAI. With the standard 7 kW on-board charger for Type 2 AC charging, you will get a full charge in 7.5 hours. In this way charging becomes a way of life and you can leave your home confident with a full battery charge. There is also a CCS adaptor so you can make use of fast charging at motorway stations for example. The e-2008 can charge at up to 100 kW at high speed chargers, which can give 80% charge in just 30 mins.

The Peugeot e-2008 uses a 50 kWh battery. So while the official WLTP range is given at 310 km, in reality range will vary depending on your driving. Living in rural Ireland, my driving was a mixture of town, country and motorway. Over 200 km is possible in these circumstances. I performed all my journeys will little fuss. Of course the Level 5 restrictions meant I'm not on the road as much as I used to be. But I still think range anxiety is less of an issue with this new generation of electric vehicles.

Things of course can get a little trickier on more long distance journeys and intercounty travel when you might require a top-up. But once again I didn't encounter any problems using the fast charge network.

The Peugeot e-2008 can avail of 100 kW DC fast charging
The Peugeot e-2008 can avail of 100 kW DC fast charging

Did you like it?

We're not just reviewing an electric vehicle here; we're also reviewing how well the e-2008 performs as a compact crossover.

Firstly, the new Peugeot e-2008 executes the compact SUV concept with a flourish that keeps it one of the most distinct of its class. Built to be practical and stylish, the new model will build on the success and customer base of the first. But with more maturity, refinement and style that makes it stand out, and the addition of the latest powertrain technology.

Inside buyers will find a well appointed cabin and a decent small family car with generous kneeroom and a practical boot.

The 2008 range kicks off in Ireland at €27,420, with the electric range priced from €32,925 including grants and VRT relief. Peugeot has done a remarkable job with the e-2008. The electric technology slips into this beautiful new model so seamlessly. It's pleasant and serene to drive, and stands out for quality and design. An extra 100 km range would be nice for even more peace of mind. Though it certainly is not a deal breaker here.

More electric vehicles are coming to market, with plenty of competition. But the e-2008 does bring something different to the electric vehicle space.

One to watch

Peugeot's first foray into electric is very successful. After driving all three versions of this compact crossover, the e-2008 really endeared itself to me. There is something very appealing about going for the most modern EV technology in the range.

Some readers may not have the facilities at home to charge or not be ready for the routine of plugging in their car or what can be a somewhat chequered experience when using the public charging system. But it's nice to see experienced car manufacturers bringing more electric vehicles to market, with the values and expertise garnered over decades of car manufacture. And with Peugeot's multi energy strategy, buyers will find exactly what they need in the new 2008 range.

The Peugeot e-2008 stands out for style and quality
The Peugeot e-2008 stands out for style and quality

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Peugeot e-2008 GT
Price: 
€36,745
Battery: 50 kWh
Power: 
136 hp
Torque: 300 Nm
0-100km/h:  
9.0 seconds
Top speed: 150 km/h
Range (WLTP): 310 km
CO2 emissions (WLTP): 0 g/km
Motor Tax:  €120 per year


The new Peugeot 2008 on test for Changing Lanes

Peugeot 2008 Review (2022)

The new Peugeot 2008 on test for Changing Lanes
The new Peugeot 2008 on test for Changing Lanes

Read Caroline's Peugeot 2008 review for everything you need to know about Peugeot's popular small SUV in Ireland.

Peugeot launches an all-new generation of the popular 2008 small SUV with a radical new design, new interior and a range of petrol and diesel engines. 2020 also saw the launch of the first ever electric 2008, the e-2008. Together with the 208 supermini, the Peugeot 2008 spearheads a new strategy for the brand. It allows customers to choose the powertrain that best suits their budget and lifestyle, without compromising style or practicality.

It’s a clever strategy. Things are beginning to change fast in the motor industry. The market now demands electrified powertrains including greater choice in hybrids, plug-in hybrids and pure electric vehicles. In 2020, Peugeot in Ireland made serious moves into this market with the launch of the e-208, e-2008, and 508 and 3008 plug-in hybrids. There are more exciting models to come. New facelifted versions of the equally popular 3008 and 5008 family SUVs are arriving in dealers now too, just in time for 211 registrations.

What's so special about the Peugeot 2008

Peugeot revolutionised the design of their cars several years ago with new design language. The focus was around strong, confident lines, eye-catching lighting signatures and styling details inspired by premium vehicles. Now they are revolutionising what’s under the bonnet and how it is pitched to the customer.

The 208 supermini was the first new generation model in the Peugeot range to be launched giving customers the choice between petrol, diesel or electric. The platform the car is built on is designed from the start to be suitable for a combustion engine or electric powertrain.

Now Peugeot brings the same smorgasbord of choice to the 2008 compact SUV range.

The new Peugeot 2008 goes on sale in Ireland from €24,450
The new Peugeot 2008 goes on sale in Ireland from €24,450

Peugeot 2008 1.2 petrol review

In this review I’m taking a closer look at the Peugeot 2008 1.2-litre petrol with 130 hp. Earlier in the year I had the opportunity to drive the new Peugeot 2008 diesel, which impressed us for its long distance economy.

Yet petrol power still makes a lot of sense in these small crossovers. Many spend most of their time in low speed, urban driving. The 2008 petrol range starts from €24,450 and comes from the award-winning Puretech family of engines. In the 2008 it’s available with 100 hp, 130 hp or 155 hp, with a 6-speed manual or the option of 8-speed automatic (130 hp and 155 hp engine only). It’s a smooth and quiet engine that purrs away beautifully under the bonnet.

Yet compared to the diesel we drove earlier in the year (from €27,100), it will mean more time at the pumps. During our extended test drive over a few weeks we averaged 7.0 litres per 100 km. From January, motor tax will be €200 per year for this model.

The e-2008 uses a 50 kWh battery with a WLTP range of 310 km and retails from €31,262 including VRT relief and SEAI grant.

On the road, the 2008 has matured in terms of the comfort it offers occupants and the refinement of the drive, particularly in this petrol model. The suspension strikes a balance between decent handling ability and a compliant suspension. So it avoids the brittleness over bumps that can plague some compact crossovers. The compact steering wheel gives the car an added boost in low speed urban manoeuvres.

Strong confident stance for the new 2008
Strong confident stance for the new 2008

What's new for it?

In design the Peugeot 2008 has also matured and now looks more like a mini-3008. It has a great presence in the car park or on the road. Character defining lines, a striking LED light signature and strong confident grille. As you go up the trim levels, more bling gets added including larger alloys and roof rails, bringing the 2008 into premium territory.

Inside Peugeot has upped cabin quality and ironed out the finer details of the i-Cockpit arrangement. That’s the unique interior concept to Peugeot where you look over the compact steering wheel at the instrument binnacle. To your left, there is a slick looking touchscreen that connects to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The 2008 has increased in size somewhat so there is more room now inside the vehicle. You will certainly notice it in the rear, where there is more legroom making it one of the most generously sized of the compact SUVs. The boot is also a decent size (360 litres) with a practical flat loading sill. It’s definitely bigger inside than the 208. There are also two Isofix child seat fixtures in the rear.

Standard equipment includes 16” alloy wheels, air conditioning, rear parking sensors, rear view camera, LED headlights, front fog lamps, cruise control, traffic sign recognition, automatic headlights and wipers, and touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Inside the new Peugeot 2008
Inside the new Peugeot 2008

Allure models (from €26,100) add items such as 17” alloys, passenger seat height adjustment, rear privacy glass and 3D effect i-Cockpit.

The GT model (from €30,280) adds heated front seats, 10” touchscreen, black roof, front parking sensors, high beam assist and contrasting lime stitching to the interior.

Did you like it?

The new Peugeot 2008 once again executes the compact SUV concept with a flourish that keeps it one of the most distinct of its class. Built to be practical and stylish, the new model will build on the success and customer base of the first. But with more maturity, refinement and style that makes it stand out.

Inside buyers will find a well appointed cabin and a decent small family car with generous kneeroom and a practical boot.

Granted the most desirable Allure and GT models do push the 2008 out of the budget side of the market. Yet they add considerable image and desirability to the popular French crossover in the process.

Equipment levels are good, even from entry. Peugeot truly offers something for everyone with a range of proven petrol and diesel engines, and of course the arrival of the e-2008. With electric cars having a bit of a moment right now, Peugeot has the compact side of the market covered.

The new 2008 is available in petrol, diesel or electric
The new 2008 is available in petrol, diesel or electric

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Peugeot 2008 GT 1.2 Puretech
Price: 
€30,280
Engine: 1.2-litre turbo petrol
Power: 
130 hp
Torque: 230 Nm
0-100km/h:  
9.8 seconds
Top speed: 198 km/h
Fuel economy (WLTP): 5.5-5.6 l/100km
CO2 emissions (WLTP): 127 g/km
Motor Tax:  €200 per year